Executive Director

Charlottesville Tomorrow, Charlottesville, Virginia

Date PostedFebruary 20, 2018
SpecialtyLocal News
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified

Charlottesville Tomorrow, a nonprofit news organization in Charlottesville, VA, is seeking a dynamic leader to become its next Executive Director. This Executive Director will oversee and manage all aspects of the organization, with a particular focus on strategic planning, financial management, and editorial leadership. Please see full position description at cvilletomorrow.org/jobs or at this link.

Founded in 2005, Charlottesville Tomorrow is a pioneering, national model for the future of local news.  The nonprofit is highly respected for its award-winning journalism and mission to convene and engage the public on key quality of life issues to create a better community. 

The Executive Director will work with an engaged Board and committed full-time staff to drive Charlottesville Tomorrow’s mission: to inform and engage the public by providing clear, non-partisan information and research on land use, transportation, community design and public education issues with the confidence an informed public will make decisions that will protect and build upon the distinctive character of the Charlottesville-Albemarle area.

•    Manage the day-to-day activities of the staff and Charlottesville Tomorrow, including: serve as editor-in-chief assigning and editing stories; respond to reader inquiries; ensure adherence to organization’s nonpartisan mission and journalistic standards; supervise, mentor and empower staff to accomplish objectives; attract and retain organizational talent. 
•    Establish the strategic vision and tone to ensure the organization provides excellent value to readers, supporters and partners.
•    Work with the Board and staff to develop and plan short- and long-range organizational goals and objectives; regularly review progress with the Board.
•    Establish and measure key performance indicators for Charlottesville Tomorrow and its staff, with a particular focus on financial sustainability, website utilization, community engagement and news production. 
•    Working with the Development staff and Board, cultivate a robust revenue stream through a combination of major gifts, annual giving, sponsorships, grants and philanthropy. 
•    In concert with the Board and staff, oversee Charlottesville Tomorrow’s annual operating budget of $475,000. 
•    Represent Charlottesville Tomorrow as a key liaison throughout the community and present Charlottesville Tomorrow’s mission, vision, and services to its myriad of constituents through written communications and public speaking opportunities.
•    Meet regularly with the Chair of the Board, and other Board members as appropriate, supplying background information/advance materials and clarifying issues.

Occasional travel is required, generally within Virginia, and periodically to other states for conferences supporting Charlottesville Tomorrow’s mission.

Compensation and Benefits 
A competitive compensation package will be offered, dependent on education and experience. The benefits package includes three weeks of vacation in the first year, family coverage for medical and dental insurance, and a Simple IRA retirement plan. 

A Bachelor’s degree is required. Persons with degrees in journalism or business may be advantaged.

Professional Qualifications
Candidates may come from a variety of professional backgrounds. The preferred candidate may be a top executive of a nonprofit organization, media organization or someone who has served in a corporate development/marketing/sales role where community leadership is clearly evidenced. An experienced, entrepreneurial leader with a background that includes significant engagement with nonprofits, journalism, and a keen interest and passion for Charlottesville Tomorrow’s mission and the Charlottesville-Albemarle area may be well suited for this role. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Attributes
•    Demonstrated commitment to high-quality, unbiased journalism; personal or professional experience in a “connector role”; or experience in an entrepreneurial media-related organization. 
•    Understands the mechanics of modern journalism and publishing. Capable of supervising full-time journalists; comfortable editing all news content; meets deadlines; coordinates news coverage assignments with media partners; understands and appreciates the technology required to publish and distribute non-partisan information and research.
•    Excellent verbal and written skills. 
•    Senior-level, hands-on management experience. Minimum of three years of progressive leadership; candidates who have operated as the primary organizational leader and effectively managed multiple, diverse constituents are strongly preferred; comfortable leading by example and direct engagement.
•    Marketing, branding, and development experience and knowledge 
•    Public relations experience serving as “the public face” of an organization and articulating its mission, goals, and objectives to a broad and diverse audience
•    Fundraising and investor relations experience: multiple funding activities including development programs, capital campaigns, and special events; personal experience with successfully soliciting individual and corporate donors; demonstrated ability to cultivate donors and investors and expand their commitment to the organization’s mission.
•    Planning and fiscal management experience in developing and implementing tactical and strategic plans as well as overseeing the financial affairs of the organization.
•    Significant involvement with governance issues and able to engage the Board of Directors.
•    Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain connections with key local, regional and national economic development, public and private sector leaders.

Desired Personal Traits
•    A self-motivated leader with vision and the ability to articulate such; can manage, motivate, challenge and delegate to others; results oriented; meets established goals and objectives.
•    Connector with exceptional listening and relationship-building skills; ability to use those skills creatively and effectively across a broad range of constituents to support the mission. 
•    Credible and energetic with the highest ethical and moral standards; is genuinely enthusiastic and committed to mutual respect with the Board, staff, and community.
•    Decisive. Demonstrated excellent decision-making; encourages lively debate and engages diverse opinions to improve the quality of decision-making.
•    Strategic thinker. Able to envision and articulate “the big picture” and lead the organization toward future goals; attuned to trends influencing the future.
•    Imaginative and passionate. Able to envision nontraditional opportunities and solutions and share the vision with passion and conviction.

Charlottesville Tomorrow firmly supports the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of race, religion, sex, age, national origin or disability.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter (including compensation expectations) and a resume/CV to argregory@cvilletomorrow.org.
Only electronic submissions will be considered.  Please no phone calls.

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